Hereford, Black Angus and Red Angus
Hereford cows originally come from Herefordshire, a county in the West Midlands region of England. Animals were bred there as early as the 17th century. Over time, this unassuming cattle breed developed from a working breed into a breed reared for consumption. Today, it is the most popular breed reared for meat consumption in the world and can be found in both North and South America, as well as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. As Hereford cows come from the cool and damp climate of Britain, they are capable of adjusting to almost any climate. The animals are also known for their good-natured demeanour and are particularly popular because of their high-quality meat.
The origins of the Black Angus breed can be found about 500 miles further north. The completely black hornless animals were bred for the first time in around 1870 in the Scottish regions of Aberdeenshire and Angus. This is why they are known as “Aberdeen Angus”. Black Angus cows are relatively short-legged, very fast-growing and reach maturity early, meaning that they put on fat more quickly than other breeds.
Derived from Aberdeen Angus, the Red Angus cow differs from the Black Angus only in the red colour of its hide. These animals are just as quick-growing and produce wonderfully marbled meat which is highly coveted worldwide.